Not to late to knit a gift…Super Quick Basic 16st Fingerless Mitts

These boys fingerless mitts take about 2 hours to make out of super bulky yarn using a set of 5 size US13 dpn. They look a bit stretched in the photo on my hands, but fit my son (age 11) very well. I’ve given guess-timate increases in co for larger sizes depending on whom you are in a hurry to knit for. These are knit in the round!!

Child size co 16

Womens’ size co 20-24 depending on size of hands

Mens’ size co 24-28 depending on size of hands

Round 1: 1K, pm,  2P, *2K, 2P, repeat from *

Round 2 – til about 6-7 inches: *2k, 2P repeat from *

For thumbhole(2 Rows): At end of row turn work around and knit the way you came following pattern. When you get to the otherside, turn work and return to knitting in the round

Rejoin above thumbhole and knit 3 more rounds.

Bind off.

Weave in ends!

A bit of colorwork, like the pictured mitts has, can go along way. Have fun; these knit QUICK!!


Diamond Back Headband Pattern

Diamond Back Headband

Original Design by Stephanie A Smith

For Strings and Things


US Size 2 Straight Needles

Yarn sewing needle

Yarn: 60 yds of any 14 wpi inch handspun. I used my own handspun, which can be found on my internet shop ( ). This one is alpaca, but wool would be lovely, too!

Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Size: Child to Adult

To start:

CO 19 stitches


2. P

3. K

4. P

5. K, P, K, P ,K ,3P ,3K ,3P ,K ,P ,K ,P ,K

6. 5P, 3K, 3P, 3K, 5P

7. Repeat Row 5

8. Repeat Row 6

9. K, P, K, P, K, 2P, 2K, P, 2K, 2P, K, P, K, P, K

10. 5P, 2K, 2P, K, 2P, 2K, 5P

11. Repeat Row 9

12. Repeat Row 10

13. K, P, K, P, K, P, 2K, 3P, 2K, P, K, P, K, P, K

14. 5P, K, 2P, 3K, 2P, K, 5P

15. Repeat Row 13

16. Repeat Row 14

17. K, P, K, P, 3K, 5P, 3K, P, K, P, K

18. 7P, 5K, 7P

19. Repeat Row 17

20. Repeat Row 18

21. Repeat Row 17

22. Repeat Row 18

23. K, P, K, P, K, P, 2K, 3P, 2K, P, K, P, K, P, K

24. 5P, K, 2P, 3K, 2P, K, 5P

25. Repeat Row 23

26. Repeat Row 24

27. K, P, K, P, K, 2P, 2K, P, 2K, 2P, K, P, K, P, K

28. 5P, 2K, 2P, K, 2P, 2K, 5P

29. Repeat Row 27

30. Repeat Row 28

31. K, P, K, P, K, 3P, 3K, 3P, K, P, K, P, K

32. 5P, 3K, 3P, 3K, 5P

33. Repeat Row 31

34. Repeat Row 32

35. Repeat Rows #5-#34 three more times (four for larger heads)

36. K

37. P

38. K

39. P

Sew the ends together and fold over stitch closed about 3/4 of an inch on either
side of seam. Weave in ends and wear in good health!


I finally got my daughter, Emma, to sit still long enough to model my knit headband:

I made this out of llama that I hand dyed and spun. The pattern will be offered (for free) soon.

In the meantime, I saw an article in Spin-Off magazine on creating coil yarns. How fun!! I’ve got the first single done and the second single is started. I’m using pink and purple mohair and hot pink, orange with a hint of yellow Southdown babydoll…greasy stuff and so bouncy-good wool!

There is Romney in the dye and on the drying rack with some babydoll in blue. Well, dinner is about ready.

Have a great night!!

New headband pattern in progress

I’ve finished it now. I knitted it with some llama that was my first wheel yarn. I still have to block it and get my daughter to model it for pictures. the headband is of the ‘one size fits most’ variety. Emma loves it and she loves the idea of modeling for me. She is such a cutie!

I do have to do a boy pattern next. My son doesn’t want to be left out of the fun! I’ll have to give some thought as to what to make for him. I like my patterns simple, fun, use one skein, and easy to keep track of where I left off when I put it down.

The rough of this pattern is wrote. I just have to give it a little polish and hit the word program with it and then it is off to the testers. Almost there and it will be out of my hands. The finish line is with in site!

Have a Good Night!

Been knitting

Yeah, I know, like I wasn’t already doing a long list of other stuff, but I had to start knitting again!

We took the kids to the park and I thought about bringing some knitting to work on while I was there. I haven’t knitted in six months or more. I thought about bringing the scarf that I was working on last. I’m a start to finish type person when it comes to projects. The scarf is not done. It occurred to me that the scarf was the reason that I haven’t been knitting. It has been sitting around like a guilty secret holding me up. It is boring. Yep, it is my own pattern, but I can still find it boring. It isn’t even a third of the way done. It isn’t (or should I say, wasn’t, as it is slated for frogging) just plain garter; it has lots of change up and was easy to remember….both key things where I am concerned. So,

I grabbed a ball of freshly spun yarn and some size 6 dpns and went to the park. I started knitting and was having a blast. I’m making a headband. I’ll give you the pattern when it is completely done. Gosh, the headband itself is nearly done now. So nice to be knitting again!